Multiple Houses Burn in Raging NJ Blaze Saturday Night Displacing 59

The fire struck a strip of tightly packed multifamily homes in Paterson

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Fire engulfed at least five houses in Paterson Saturday night, as breezy conditions helped a blaze spread quickly among tightly packed multifamily homes.

The seven-alarm fire broke out on Beech Street just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Social media video from the scene showed heavy, bright flame.

Engines and rescue vehicles from multiple towns headed to the scene to provide mutual aid, as firefighters battled both the blaze and record-cold temperatures for the season.

County officials confirm no residents living within the buildings were injured but a firefighter and police officer did sustain minor injuries.

The Red Cross is also responding to assist multiple families, with at least 59 people displaced.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday.

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